NBC Scrapping 'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot


NBC Scrapping 'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot


Back in October, TVRage brought you the news that NBC was prepping a reboot of the classic Angela Lansbury series 'Murder, She Wrote,' and that Oscar winner Octavia Spencer was attached to star. The story was greeted by a deluge of negative sentiment from you, our readership, so you'll probably be pleased to read today's update.

According to Deadline, NBC will not be moving forward with the project, although there is a slim chance that the idea may be revisited in the future.

The network has not been forthcoming about the exact reasoning for the move, although it has been confirmed that this particular reboot will not make it past the development stages. If I had to guess, I'd wager that the overwhelming amount of negative feedback (both here and elsewhere) had something to do with it, but that's pure speculation on my part.

NBC's decision to pass on the project has also freed up Spencer to pursue other TV opportunities, with the actress expected to be a hot property for the remainder of pilot season. Spencer's Jessica Fletcher was set to have a slightly different backstory than Lansbury's. Modern day Jessica would have worked as a hospital administrator, while moonlighting as an author of mystery novels and amateur detective.

Don't feel too bad for series creators Alexandra Cunningham and David Janollari though, as they both still have other pilots in contention at the Peacock. For the sake of originality, let's all hope that 'Murder, She Wrote' remains where it truly belongs -- in the past.

- Octavia Spencer
- Murder, She Wrote

Written by: msd85
Jan 21st, 2014, 6:19 pm

Images courtesy of Universal Studios


Message Posted On Jan 23rd, 2014, 9:20 am
Better Idea: Please let it be revealed that Castle is related to Fletcher. Then we can have Lansbury guest staring occasionally in character :)

Message Posted On Jan 22nd, 2014, 10:49 am
Someone at TV towers pulled the needle from their arm and woke up. What a stupid idea, thank god it's binned.

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Message Posted On Jan 22nd, 2014, 9:07 am

Even Angela Lansbury hated the idea. She was "terribly pleased and relieved" it was cancelled and

"I knew it was a terrible mistake," she said. "I didn't want to sully the memory."

She added: "Octavia Spencer is a superb actress. She had no business being put into a situation that she couldn't win.". Site won't let me link the article but it's on the BBC site.


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Message Posted On Jan 21st, 2014, 6:27 pm

The only way this would have worked for this is if they had done a short prequel season. The way they did for Inspector Morse with Endeavour. What they had planned was destined to fail from the minute the idea was thought of.

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